Teach for America institute starts next week, and according to a friend whose training has already begun, our lives will be pretty scheduled from 5 A.M. to bedtime. In order to give this experience 100%, I'm going to need to cut down on distractions and diversions as much as I can.
To that end, I'm repeating my information fast experiment, blocking access to all the sites that normally suck away my time. No more blogs, no more Reddit, no more news. I've used browser extensions like Leechblock to do this in the past, but this time, I decided to go for a slightly more blunt method: blocking problem domains at the root level. It's pretty simple: open up Terminal and type "sudo nano /private/etc/hosts," then scroll down and add "127.0.0.1 domain" to the end (replacing "domain" with facebook.com or whatever site you're trying to block). If you use Windows, the file will be in /system32/drivers/etc, and you'll want to use notepad to edit it.
I'll still be available via email, though I may check it less frequently. Also, if you're in the LA area next month, I'll be staying at Loyola Marymont University, and should have a little time on the weekends for socializing.
Institute is over July 31st, and then we'll see about a return to normal life in the two weeks before I start teaching.